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Wednesday, November 15, 2021

three burns a day
Despite the skepticism I displayed last month over the calorie-burning claims, I knew I would get my hands on the first can of Enviga I came across. How could I resist an ECGC/caffeine/calcium concoction, presented in a stylishly-colorful can?

I found a supermarket display of Enviga yesterday, and grabbed two cans: One each of the Berry and Peach flavors. I’m passing on the plain green tea version, as I’m not a particular fan of the straight stuff. I tried both today, and found them to be quite tasty, indeed.

While examining the shiny aluminum exterior, I read up on the messaging included on it. In addition to audacious claim of being “The Calorie Burner(tm)”, it offered this advice:

Three cans per day of Enviga have been shown to increase calorie burning by 60-100 calories in healthy normal weight 18-35 year olds. Individual results may vary.

Drinking more than three cans per day will not have an additional effect.

Three cans a day, and only three cans a day? I think I can handle that. And since I’m on the outer edge of that 18-35 range, this is my only chance to see if this Coca-Cola/Nestlé hybrid can deliver the goods. Plus, I’m cognizant that this product is getting an early roll-out here in New York, a couple of months before the rest of the country’s store shelves get it; so this is a perfect opportunity for me to give most people a hands-on product-review preview.

So, in the name of science, I’m going to guinea-pig myself on this sparkling chug-a-lug for the next couple of weeks. I still think any burning sensation will be mostly coincidental, but I’ll put it to the test. The only downside I can see is possible caffeine overdose; but if my regular daily tea habit hasn’t achieved that yet, I doubt this new stuff will.

Today was the start: Two cans of Berry, one can of Peach. Looking forward to tomorrow.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/15/2006 11:46 PM
Category: Food, Science
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fifth team's the charm
I confess: I’ve been looking for an excuse to run this vintage orange-creamsicle Bucs photo of Vinny Testaverde again.

I thought I’d have a chance a few weeks ago, when the modern-day Yuccaneers were 0-4 and looking likely to extend that to a fifth loss, thus bringing to mind the dismal Bucco Bruce days. But then, improbably, they edged out a 14-13 win over Cincinnati, and spoiled my planned glee. The Buccaneers are still sucking well enough at 2-7; but at this point, the moment to evoke the Testaverde Era in Tampa Bay has pretty well passed.

Thankfully, today brought a more fitting reason to dredge up the photo. Two days after his 43rd birthday, Testaverde signed with the New England Patriots to spend the rest of the season as their emergency third-string QB.

He’ll likely never step onto the field this year. If the Pats should win the Super Bowl, I’m not sure if he’ll be eligible to get a ring; hopefully he would be. In any case, it’s good to know he’s back in the game. I contend that, had it not been for all those INTs he stockpiled while wearing Florida orange, he’d be a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/15/2006 10:46 PM
Category: Football
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